Michael Hastings Car Accident - 06/18/2013 - LAPD

The Riford Family filed this request with the Los Angeles Police Department of Los Angeles, CA.
Tracking #

22-8559

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: The Riford Family

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1.) Any and all police reports, police complaints, and police narratives regarding the 06/18/2013 car accident involving Michael Hastings. The crash occurred in the 600 block of North Highland Avenue.

Subject: Michael Hastings.
Date of Birth of Subject: 01/28/1980
Date of incident: 06/18/2013
Time of incident: Between 4 a.m. – 4: 45 a.m.
Location: 600 block of North Highland Avenue

2.) Los Angeles Police Dispatch Log between the hours of 4 a.m. – 4: 45 a.m.

According to media articles, deceased American journalist Hastings is best known for his 2010 Rolling Stone bombshell story that forced Gen. Stanley McChrystal to resign as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

If redactions are made, please redact in the color black.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Joanne Riford

From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Your first City of Los Angeles record request (request number #22-8559) has been submitted.
It is currently unpublished and is not available for the general public to view.

Request #22-8559.

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From: The Riford Family

To whom this may concern:

When do expect to have the records ready?

From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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A message was sent to you regarding record request #22-8559:

Dear Requester,

Your California Public Records Act (CPRA) request was received and will be assigned to a CPRA Analyst.

If you have any further questions, please respond to this email

Respectfully,

LAPD Public Records &amp; Subpoena Response Section, CPRA Unit

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From: The Riford Family

Dear City of LA,

Why are he car accident records not available for the general public to view yet? Are you denying my request, if so, based on what exemptions?

From: Los Angeles Police Department

City of Los Angeles

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Record request #22-8559 has been closed and published. The closure reason supplied was:

Dear Requester:

 

We reviewed your request for:

"1.) Any and all police reports, police complaints, and police narratives regarding the 06/18/2013 car accident involving Michael Hastings. The crash occurred in the 600 block of North Highland Avenue.

Subject: Michael Hastings.

Date of Birth of Subject: [REDACTED]

Date of incident: 06/18/2013

Time of incident: Between 4 a.m. – 4: 45 a.m.

Location: 600 block of North Highland Avenue

2.) Los Angeles Police Dispatch Log between the hours of 4 a.m. – 4: 45 a.m."

 

Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government and does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure, records that are privileged or confidential, or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.

 

In accordance with the California Government Code, Section 6254(f), records of investigations conducted by, or investigatory files compiled by, any local police agency for law enforcement purposes are exempt from disclosure. To the extent that records were located, they are either investigatory records themselves or properly part of an investigative file. Therefore, we are denying your request. The records may be provided pursuant to a subpoena or court order related to pending litigation.

You may personally serve your subpoena to the Custodian of Records at the following location during normal business hours, which are Monday-Friday (excluding City holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:

 

Los Angeles Police Department

Risk Management and Legal Affairs Division

Public Records &amp; Subpoena Response Section, SDT Unit

200 N. Spring St., Ste. 1900

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Main Line: (213) 847-3615

 

Should any records be located, to the extent the information is recorded, the time, date, and location of occurrence, the time and date of the report, the name and age of the victim, and a brief statement of the circumstances can be made available to you upon request.

 

If you have any questions, please respond to this email.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Public Records &amp; Subpoena Response Section, CPRA Unit

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